The Sections of Your Résumé

Even though there’s no one right way to do a résumé, the résumé reader will expect there to be certain information about you. Therefore, your résumé should contain, at minimum, the following sections:

  • Contact block

  • Professional summary

  • Work experience

  • Education

  • Other achievements outside of work (optional, if work experience is thin)

  • List of buzzwords and skills

These are the areas that employers are looking for and find to be most important. The order of sections in your résumé should be determined by their relative importance. Put more important sections toward the top of the résumé, where they’ll be more likely to be seen.

The most important text in your résumé is your contact information, so that’s always ...

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